A Cotswold Scene Photography Competition

In April 2010, an exciting new photography competition was launched to celebrate the beauty of the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and to give members of the public the chance to have their images showcased in a six week high profile exhibition at O3 gallery, Oxford Castle.  The winning entries of the competition; ‘A Cotswold Scene’ will be exhibited from today (Friday 26th November) until 9 January.

Shortlisted photographers are……
Kate Barry, Henrietta Rux-Burton, Emily Cradock, Graham Gemel, Matt Jennings, Dobromir Karlinski, Peter Kuzmin, Rie Marsden, Lucien O'Hanian, Andrew Page, John Rux-Burton, Sally Ryde, Helena Sylvester, Mike South, Rosie Wild, Rob Wolstenholm..

The competition is the idea of local landscape photographer Sarah Howard, supported by the Cotswolds Conservation Board, Blueprint Imaging of Witney and Isis Framing, Oxford.

Sarah Howard explains: “There is a wealth of talent out there so this is a great opportunity for people to get their work seen in one of Oxfords best galleries”.

Budding photographers were encouraged to show off their photography skills in one of three categories: ‘My Cotswolds’, ‘A Cotswold View’, and ‘Cotswold Life’. Hanging against the textured grey stone walls of the O3 Gallery, these scenes set in warm honey-coloured frames, tell a story Cotswold existence. Sarah is especially keen to encourage creative expression in younger people and created a category designed specifically for the under 16’s. These photographs are also on display, showcasing some of the region’s best emerging photographic talent. The exhibition is also an opportunity to view Sarah Howard’s photography of the Cotswolds. All the photographs displayed in the exhibition are for sale.

Competition entries were judged at the end of October by a team of judges including Sarah Howard, Charlie Waite, renowned landscape photographer, Steve Watkins, editor of Outdoor Photography magazine and an established photographer and author, Helen Statham, O3 Gallery Manager and Nicola Greaves, Cotswolds Conservation Board.

As well as the opportunity to exhibit at the O3 Gallery, winners received a range of great prizes including:

A 2 night stay (including dinner on one evening) at the historical White Hart Royal Hotel in Moreton-in-Marsh in the beautiful Evenlode Valley, a photographic commission opportunity in 2011 for local Cotswolds publication The Four Shires, a one day one-to-one photography workshop in the Cotswolds with Sarah and a fabulous Ricoh R10 camera for the overall youth winner.